Who to follow: Canadian Rio Olympians Edition
Mark De Jonge, Canoe-Kayak
Mark brought home bronze for Canada in London. He is a two-time world champ sprinter, and current world record holder. This guy has got game. According to all predictions, he’s one of Canada’s best chances for podium in Rio. Twitter @markadejonge. Instagram @markadejonge.
— Mark de Jonge (@markadejonge) April 27, 2016
Inaki Gomez, Speed Walking
For Inaki, Rio is Olympics number three! He broke the Canadian record for the 20km speed walk in London, and placed 13th (the best for a Canadian man since 1992) and he’s been on a roll ever since. His family moved to Canada in 1999 – his parents fell in love with Canada after a trip they took in their early 20’s – in search of better opportunities. Looks like they found them… Twitter @InakiGomezG . Instagram @inakigomezg.
— Inaki Gomez (@InakiGomezG) July 12, 2016
Because we all have an inner child. #icecream #saltedcaramelicecream A photo posted by Iñaki Gomez (@inakigomezg) on
Brittany Rogers, Gymnastics – Artistic
Rio will be Brittany’s second Olympic games – her first appearance in London marked Canada’s best team final in fifth place. Not only did Brittany overcome injuries, she was awarded the Harry Jerome Comeback Medal – this girl is a fighter! She goes by Britt, by the way… Twitter @BrittyRogers. Instagram @BrittyRogers.
needless to say, the first dance move didn’t make the cut into my floor routine. A video posted by Brittany Rogers (@brittyrogers) on
Andre De Grasse, Athletics
At just 21, Andre De Grasse is experiencing what you would call a ‘breakout’. He didn’t even consider pursuing the sport seriously until the age of 17, and already he’s breaking Canadian records (200 m in 20.03 seconds). He recently took home GOLD at the Pan Am Games (2015) for the 100m and the 200m. Start following this kid now – he will be one to watch. Twitter. Instagram. Twitter @De6grasse. Instagram de6grasse.
— Andre De Grasse (@De6rasse) May 21, 2016
Love being in my city… Might as well throw a first pitch while I’m out here. Need a pinch runner? #Toronto @bluejays A photo posted by Andre De Grasse (@de6rasse) on
Alexandre Despatie, Diving
Alexandre is the best male diver in Canadian history and has two silver Olympic medals under his belt… er… speedo? Rio will be his fifth Olympics – London 2012, Beijing 2008, Athens 2004, and Sydney 2000. We know him, we love him, and if this is his last Olympics he’ll want to go out with a bang… Twitter @Adespatie. Instagram @Adespatie.
Not a great face… But what a day at the #teamcanada Beach party!! Happy Canada Day! 🇨🇦🇨🇦 #backstage A photo posted by Alex Despatie (@adespatie) on
Milo Raonic, Tennis
In June, he made it the the Wimbledon final for the first time and left runner up – the best result of any Canadian man in history. The eyes will be on Milos to see if he can bring that hunger to the court in Rio and achieve redemption. At just 25 years old, he is easily one of the most popular athletes competing this year. Twitter @MilosRaonic. Instagram @MRaonic.
Escape and explore! #teamMilos @newbalance #Mallorca #DayOff A photo posted by Milos Raonic (@mraonic) on
Danielle Lappage, Wrestling
A few miles from here, an Alberta girl is prepping for the fight of her life in Rio. She’s been cleaning up GOLD at the UWW World Championships, Commonwealth Games and more. Hailing from Old, AB, Danielle also has a Masters of Arts in Criminology – damn! Twitter @DnaielleLappage. Instagram @dlappage.
Christine Sinclair, Soccer
She’s a giant, and she’s coming back with a team of giants to leave it all on the field. According to her Olymipic profile, she’s the most successful female soccer player ever to compete for Canada. She scored half of all goals in London 2012 and was named closing ceremonies flag bearer and Canadian Athlete of the Year (Lou Marsh Awards). So…not bad. Can’t wait to see her in Rio! Twitter @sincy12. Instagram @C_sinc12.
Adam Van Koeverden, Kayak
Ready for the medal count? London 2012: Silver (K-1 1000). Beijing 2008: Silver (K-1 500). Athens 2004: GOLD (K-1 1000). Adam is of Canada’s most celebrated athletes – ever. Three-time Olympics medalist PLUS Flag Bearer (Athens, Beijing). By the way: he graduated valedictorian from McMaster University in 2007. Twitter @vankayak. Instagram @avankoeverden.
Happy Canada Day to everyone fortunate enough to call Canada their home! Happy 149th CANADA!! 🇨🇦❤️🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/Byz8qYe6wY
— Adam van Koeverden (@vankayak) July 1, 2016
my point of view is that hammock life is the good life. #hammock #hammocklife #saturdayafternoon A photo posted by Adam van Koeverden (@avankoeverden) on
Liz Gleadle, Athletics
Liz… you go girl. In 2012, Liz was the first Canadian woman to qualify for an Olympic javelin final since 1968 – BOOM! After triumphing over injuries, we won gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto in 2015. She’s probably training right now… in Lethrbidge, AB. Twitter: @javelizz. Instagram: @Javelizz.
Living off of coffee, wine, pizza, and olives today 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁
— Liz Gleadle (@Javelizz) July 18, 2016
#tbt to when the #IceInOurVeins campaign was a secret 🙊 in January (does that count??) Fun day of frozen filming in Tiny Township! Wardrobe & makeup: Snow in our lashes, baby oil everywhere, and training gear. #TeamCanada #RoadToRio #tracknation #javelin #COLD #BehindTheScenes @mraonic A photo posted by Liz Gleadle (@javelizz) on